Wheatfield Twp. working on the roads, cleaning
Wheatfield Twp. will cover portions of Windy Hill and Pleasant Grove Roads this summer. During their May 3 meeting, the supervisors opened and awarded a contract to the sole bidder – Martin Paving. The total cost was $ 58,828 or $ 1.55 per square yard.
Windy Hill will be refurbished from its intersection with Route 274 to Chemin Dellville. Pleasant Grove Road will be on the section between Dark Hollow and Windy Hill Roads.
Supervisor Jim Fuller said Martin has been doing roadwork in the township for several years and has always done a satisfactory job.
Supervisor Jeff Smith reported that the recent spring cleanup collected five bins of trash and five more of metal for recycling. The scrap amounted to 38,000 ferrous metals, 13,000 aluminum, as well as car batteries and copper which generated $ 3,565 in revenue. An additional $ 213 was collected in fees from people bringing tires, which was handled separately.
Overall, residents brought 430 total loads of materials. Wheatfield is still waiting for an invoice from the waste hauler to determine final costs.
It was noted that many depositors thanked the township and its volunteers for the cleanup effort.
Supervisors made an annual contribution of $ 17,500 to the recreation council. The council was recognized for doing an excellent job in making Wagner Park a high quality recreational facility for a variety of outdoor activities, from athletics to picnicking, hunting and fishing.
Emergency Management Coordinator Kurt Hepschmidt suggested exploring ways to try and improve cell phone service in the park. Dave Mills, a member of the recreation committee, said they were aware of the problem; however, several of the DCNR grants they have taken over the years prevent the erection of a tower on park property.
Codes Officer Lester Nace said he was working on the Russell property along Highway 274. He reported that many vehicles had been removed but other garbage and campers remained. Smith and Fuller said they will ask the district judge what can be done if further cooperation does not occur.
The supervisors chose to move funds of $ 260,000 from two CDs from a money market account. Treasurer Vicki Jenkins said current interest rates are so low it doesn’t make sense to renew CDs.
Karl Sheaffer and Elijah Barrick have been appointed alternate members of the Zoning Hearing Panel.
Smith advised residents to be on the lookout for a pair of thieves breaking into sheds. He said they were seen in camouflage uniforms.